The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan’s central body in the fight against COVID-19, has approved an attendance of 25 percent of crowd capacity for the upcoming series between Pakistan and New Zealand. Accordingly, 4,500 (approx) spectators will be allowed to watch the ODI matches, while around 5,500 can be accommodated for the T20I series. Only those who are fully vaccinated and have the Immunisation Certificate for Covid-19 will be allowed entry.
“Spectators are the essence of any sport event as they create an ambiance and atmosphere for the players to excel, perform and enjoy. In this background, we are grateful to the NCOC for allowing the PCB to invite 25 percent crowds for the eight matches,” said PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan on Monday (August 30). “I am sure following the NCOC decision, the unvaccinated cricket followers will expedite their vaccination process so that they can witness the first series on home soil between the two sides since 2003.
“This will be an opportunity for the spectators to not only enjoy some quality cricket in the season-opening series but also support and back players from either side as the ODIs count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, while the T20Is will lead into the ICC T20 World Cup,” Khan added.
The New Zealand tour of Pakistan starts with the ODI leg of three matches, which will be held at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on September 17, 19 and 21. This is followed by five-match T20I series, which will take place from September 25 to October 3 at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.© Cricbuzz